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Americans Lacking Health Coverage Fell in Covid’s Early Months

Feb. 11, 2021, 5:02 AM

Nearly 3 million fewer people lacked health insurance in the first six months of 2020 than in 2019 despite millions of people losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

From January through June 2020, 30.4 million of all ages—9.4% of the U.S. population—lacked coverage, slightly lower than the 33.2 million people (10.3%) who were uninsured in 2019, the CDC said.

The CDC report doesn’t say why the uninsured rate dropped slightly as millions of people lost jobs due to pandemic-related shutdowns. Many individuals who were furloughed continued to be...

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